On Sunday September 29 some of the world's top pros faced off in Ironman 70.3 Augusta when the starting gun sounded on the banks of the Savannah River in Georgia.
It was difficult to predict a winner among the pro men with such a solid field taking part in the race, but 2012 winner Maxim Kriat had top billing as he attempted to defend his title against the likes of multiple Ironman winner Victor Zyemtsev and Patrick Evoe who always seems to race tough.
The fastest swim time of the day was posted by Tim Don with an excellent 19:10 clocking. The swimmers were pushed along by a current for the entire length of the point-to-point 1.2-mile swim in the Savannah River.
Several of the pro men were in position to take the win as they began the 13.1-mile run. Maxim Kriat, Tim Don, and Paul Matthews were just a few of the top contenders dueling it out for top spot on the podium.
Victor Zyemtsev and Patrick Evoe were expected to challenge for a top podium spot in the race but were off the pace being set by the leaders in the bike and had some catching up to do on the run course.
It was Tim Don prevailing and he is the winner of Ironman 70.3 Augusta 2013. Viktor Zyemtsev posted the second fastest run time of the day and earned himself the second spot on the podium. Nils Frommhold was the third place finisher.
Defending champion Maxim Kriat was not able to stay with the leaders in the 13.1-mile run and finished in sixth place.
Pro Melissa Hauschildt was coming off a second place finish in Ironman 70.3 Cozumel and was favored to take top spot for the pro women. It was expected that Emma-Kate Lidbury would also challenge for a top spot on the podium.
True to form it was Melissa Hauschildt charging to the front on the 56-mile bike course. She took a substantial six minute lead into the run and her nearest rival Emma-Kate Lidbury had plenty of work to do if she wanted to challenge Hauschildt for the win.
There was no catching Melissa Hauschildt as she goes on to win the race by over 12 minutes and is the Ironman 70.3 Augusta champion for 2013. Ruth Brennan Morrey had a brilliant run and overtook Emma-Kate Lidbury for the second spot on the podium.
Be sure to visit IronStruck.com for a look at how the race unfolded as well as the finish times for all the top pro and age-group finishers as they become available.